Greek stocks ended slightly lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, as the market was unable to hold on to early gains. News that the President of the Republic has called for a meeting with political party leaders on Friday and uncertainty over the release of a fifth tranche of an EU/IMF loan to Greece, undermined sentiment late at the session. The composite index of the market fell 0.21 pct to end at 1,286.88 points, after rising as much as 1.64 pct during the day. Turnover was a low 69.769 million euros. The Big Cap index eased 0.42 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 0.28 pct down and the Small Cap index fell 0.81 pct. Hellenic Telecoms (4.79 pct), MIG (3.70 pct), OPAP (2.13 pct) and Viohalco (1.88 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (8.51 pct), Alpha Bank 4.62 pct) and Eurobank (3.37 pct) were top losers.
The Banks (2.43 pct) and Utilities (1.49 pct) sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Telecoms (4.79 pct), Travel (1.92 pct) and Financial Services (1.83 pct) scored gains. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 74 to 55 with another 53 issues unchanged. Perseus (9.52 pct), Dromeas (8.70 pct) and Karamolegos (8.70 pct) were top gainers, while Athens Electronics (16.67 pct), Fieratex (14.29 pct) and Sato (11.11 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  Unchanged
Industrials: +0.86%
Commercial: Unchanged
Construction: -0.26%
Media: Unchanged
Oil & Gas: +0.92%
Personal & Household: -0.55%
Raw Materials: -0.76%
Travel & Leisure: +1.92%
Technology: -1.16%
Telecoms: +4.79%
Banks: -2.43%
Food & Beverages: +0.21%
Health: -1.03%
Utilities: -1.49%
Chemicals: +0.41%
Financial Services: +1.83%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, OTE, OPAP and DEH.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 3.30
ATEbank: 0.43
Public Power Corp (PPC): 9.81
HBC Coca Cola: 17.05
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.67
National Bank of Greece: 4.53
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 3.15
OPAP: 12.92
OTE: 7.00
Bank of Piraeus: 1.00
Titan: 16.71